Father of Otto Warmbier, American held captive by North Korea, speaks out

Kanter said the youth suffered "extensive loss of brain tissue in all regions of the brain". He called for an investigation, and urges a forceful response if the investigation finds North Korea covered up Otto's condition and he resultantly did not get proper treatment. Cardiopulmonary arrest is typically caused by respiratory arrest, following a medication overdose or other type of error involving the administration of pharmaceuticals, although the doctors would not speculate specifically about what they believed might have caused the cardiopulmonary arrest.

He said they traveled to Washington and met with Ambassador Yun who more aggressively pursued Otto's release.

"Last evening, we received a very nice phone call from President Trump, who told us that Secretary of State Tillerson worked hard to bring Otto home". He says the administration is heartened Warmbier has been reunited with his family.

They said his prognosis remains confidential.

Kanter and fellow University of Cincinnati physicians Brandon Foreman and Jordan Bonomo said they saw no sign of active botulism poisoning. He has not spoken or engaged in any purposeful movements or behaviors. Warmbier is now at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and is in a #Stable Condition. "That's what we're seeing is this removal". On his last night there, he apparently tried to remove a large propaganda sign. "To hold him that long, to sentence him after a kangaroo court trial to 15 years hard labor".

It has been about 15 months since all contact was severed. However, the American doctors were quick to refute that, saying Warmbier did not have injuries that were at all consistent with botulism. The 22-year-old was then taken by ambulance to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Neurologist Daniel Kanter told a news conference yesterday in Warmbier's home city of Cincinnati, Ohio that his neurological condition was best described "as a state of unresponsive wakefulness". The first video of Warmbier's return to the US has since come out, showing him being carried out of an aircraft in Cincinnati by two men.

While the North Korean authorities say the coma was caused by botulism and sleeping pills, Fred Warmbier does not believe it.

Fred Warmbier, Otto's father, held a press conference earlier on Thursday wearing the jacket Otto wore in North Korea as he stood trial.

His parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, say they were told he had been in the coma for over a year. "They did not do this out of the kindness of their hearts".

The move comes in the wake of a University of Virginia student succumbing to a coma while detained by North Korean authorities.

He had, as his mother said a month ago, a lot to lose. "We are proud of the fact that our family is basically happy, positive people and we're going to stay that way and we're thrilled our son is on American soil". And, so, the fact that he was taken and treated this way is terrible, and it's tough to process. "We want to be part of his life".

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